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Meet the staff

Season 2022-2023

Team
Lead Coach
Co-Coach

Justin Oliver

Casey Holm

Birth Yr 05/04

Birth Yr 06

Tony Englund

Tyler Oliver

Birth Yr 07

Qassim Ilmi

Michael Porter

Birth Yr 08

Qassim Ilmi

Phil Walczak

Birth Yr 09

Jake Smothers

Tyler Oliver

Birth Yr 10

Joe DeMay

Alex Schnobrich

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Playing Career:

2 State Cups Championships

Eastern Illinois University (D1) - 2 years

University of St. Thomas (D3) – 2 years

Final 4 before losing 2-1 to eventual national champion Tufts. His senior year the team went 22-2 before losing in the Elite 8 to National finalists North Park Univ. The two highest win totals in MIAC history were by those two UST teams winning 20 and 22 games.  

 

Coaching Career:

Gustavus Adolphus College – 2 years (First Assistant)

Upcoming fall - Associate Head Coach.

 

Education:

USSF B license Applicant

Master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration – Concordia-St Paul

Tyler Oliver

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Playing Career:

Eastern Illinois University 2014-2016 D1

St Thomas 2017 D3

Louisville City FC 2018 preseason USL Championship

Kaw Valley FC 2018 USL L2

Minneapolis City 2018-2021 NPSL

 

Coaching Career:

Coaching St Croix 2015-2021

North St Paul HS 2018

Minnesota's Mr. Soccer and Gatorade Player of the Year, as well as an NSCAA All-American

St Olaf College 2019-Present

 

Licenses/Education:

USSF D & C License 

Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration Completed Fall 2021

Justin Oliver

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Playing Career:

NJCAA - All American 

4th in the country in Scoring 

Thunder Trialist

 

Coaching Career:

Hudson Soccer Association - 2001-2004

St. Croix Soccer 2004-Present

North St. Paul Hs Head Coach 2007-2018

University of St. Thomas Assistant Coach 2016-2018

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Head Coach 2020 - Present 

 

License:

USSF B license 

Casey Holm

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Playing Career:

More to come

 

Coaching Career:

More to come

 

Licenses/Education:

More to come

Nik Martensson

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Coaching Career:

St. Croix ECNL Director

Coached in St. Croix 2008-Present

4 State Cup Champions (2009, 2015, 2017, 2019; USYS Regional Champions (2015); Coached the only MN boys team to go to the USYS National Tournament two years in a row (2015, 2016); #7, #6 Finishes at USYS National Championships (2015, 2016); teams finished #2 and #3 in USYS National League (2016, 2017); NPL Western Finals Champions (2021); NPL National Championship Final Four (2021).  

Director of Coaching for Burnsville/Woodbury

 

Licenses/Education:

USC Master Coach

 

Author of 15 books about coaching soccer; Inaugural Jeff Tipping Award Winner (2016).

Tony Englund

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Playing Career:

More to come 

 

Coaching Career:

More to come

 

Licenses/Education:

More to come

Michael Porter

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Coaching Career:

Current Head Mens Coach @ Anoka-Ramsey College

Assistant Women's Coach @Hamline University 

Director Of Coaching @Bloomington United

Girls Soccer Coach @ Hill-Murray HS

ODP Coach @ MN Youth Soccer

Academy Scout @ Minnesota United Academy

 

License/Education:

USC National Premier Diploma

USC Director of Coaching Diploma

USSF C 

FAW C 

UEFA B (Finishing December) 

Qassim Ilmi

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Player Experience:

Professional Player - Mayas de Yucatan, Merida Yucatan, age 16, 1991-1992.

U17 National Tournament participant: State team of Merida Yucatan. 

Semiprofessional Player - Real Ermita, Merida Yucatan, 1992 - 1993.

Professional Player - Huracanes de Cozumel, Cozumel Quintana Roo 1994 - 1995

 

Coaching Experience:

Technical Director U13-19 St. Croix Soccer Club

Coach of 2008 Girls Academy St. Croix Soccer Club

Coach of 2010 Girls Academy St. Croix Soccer Club

Director of Youth Development MN Foot Tech

Technical Director MN Foot Tech

Olympic Development Program Evaluator (ODP).

Professional, dependable, and personable in charge of team needs and excellent

bilingual communications skills.

 

 

Soccer Education:

USSF A Candidate (only waiting on final assessment)

NSCAA Advance National Diploma

NSCAA course Team Preparation and Game Planning and Match

Analysis

NSCAA course Small Sided Games

NSCAA course Finishing and Coaching in the Final Third

NSCAA Goalkeeping course level 1

ECNL Specialist

Joaquin Izquierdo

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Playing Career:

Minnesota State University, Mankato

4 Year Varsity Starter at Prior Lake High School

Various Premier Teams 

 

Coaching Career:

St Croix Soccer Club Director

Former Rev Soccer Club Boys Director

Former Northern Lights Director of Development

State Cup Champion

MRL/National League Champion

Minnesota Cup Champions

US Club Regionals Champions

US Club National Cup Tournament 

  

Coaching License:

USSF C License

NSCAA Advanced National Diploma

Phil Walczak

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Coaching Career:

St. Croix Soccer Club: 2005- Present

2009-2004 Boys Technical Director

Academy 1 Coach

Stillwater Area High School Boys Soccer: 2013- Present

5 Suburban East Conference Titles

4 Section 4AA Championships

3 State Final appearances

2 Class AA State Championships 

 

License/Education:

National D License

C License Candidate

Jake Smothers

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Playing Career:

U13 - U19 St. Croix Soccer Club - 3x State Cup Champions

U-18 Shattuck St. Mary’s

University of St. Thomas – 1 year NCAA final four with UST.  1 year NCAA elite eight with UST.  4 year all MIAC player. 

 

Coaching Career:

6 years of coaching experience.  Club soccer and other coaching clinics.

 

License/Education:

NSCAA 11 v 11 licenses

Alex Schnobrich

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Coaching Career:

Head Boys Coach Hubbard High School

Assistant Coach Youngstown State University

Head Girls Coach West Branch HS

Head Girls Coach Cardinal Mooney HS

Head Boys Coach Cardinal Mooney HS

Director of Soccer Operations Phoenix Soccer Club

ODP Region II Goalkeeper Staff

Associate Head Coach Purdue University Fort Wayne

Boys Director of Coaching Fort Wayne Sport Club

Girls Academy Director Shattuck-St.Mary’s

 

Licenses/Education:

US Soccer A Youth License Coach Educator

US Soccer Academy Director License

US Soccer A Youth License

US Soccer National Goalkeeper License

US Soccer Youth National License

Joe DeMay